Get in the Mood for Halloween with “The Scottish Play”

MacbethSummer is ending. The kids are heading back to school, even though it’s still hot as Hades, and the first costumes just appeared in the stores. While the Pandora Society is already revving up for our Halloween Masquerade, we understand that it’s difficult to imagine the chills and thrills of October while the community pools are still open. Fortunately, there is Shakespeare.

Every year, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company put on a series of free, outdoor plays to take advantage of the weather and provide folks in the greater Cincinnati area with a taste of drama. The series began at the end of July, but there are shows running through the start of September. No matter where you are in the city, there is definitely a show near you.

Several locations will host A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a couple are scheduled to present Romeo and Juliet, but the main show this year is Macbeth. Nothing says Halloween like witches, murder, and insanity. The free shows give you an excuse to enjoy the great outdoors before it gets too cold and may help kick-start your costuming inspiration for the Halloween Masquerade. Macbeth is macabre costume-fodder. A witch is traditional, but a mad queen or an evil king makes for a wicked ensemble. Maybe you plan to be a gruesome victim, like poor, poor King Duncan – and, well, the majority of the other characters.

The full schedule for the Shakespeare in the Park series can be found here. Tonight, Macbeth can be seen in Linden Grove Cemetery, and later shows in the month can be found in Boone County, Clifton, Glendale, Hamilton, Portsmouth, Edgewood, Mt. Healthy, and Monroe.

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.

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